Baidu Appoints Former Microsoft EVP Qi Lu To Group President

Baidu has named Qi Lu group president and COO in charge of products, technology, sales, marketing and operations, effective immediately. The former Microsoft EVP will further China's top search engine work in artificial intelligence.

"Dr. Lu possesses a wealth of leadership and management experience, and is a leading authority in the area of artificial intelligence," said Robin Li, Baidu's chairman and group CEO, in a prepared statement, 

Artificial intelligence is a key strategic focus for Baidu during the next decade. At Microsoft, Lu ran search, productivity, communications, education and other services for products such as Office, Skype and Bing.

Lu received bachelor and master's degrees in computer science from Fudan University in Shanghai and a PhD in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University. He holds more than 40 U.S. patents.

One of the patents that went up for sale in the Excalibur portfolio held by Yahoo describes a search system and method with an integration of user annotations. Users can annotate and view their annotations for any document they encounter while interacting with the collection of written text, including queries returned in a search.

The patent also describes how users can search their annotations or limit searches to documents they have annotated. Metadata from annotations can also be aggregated across users and aggregated metadata applied in generating search results.

Lu joined Yahoo in 1998 and later became SVP in charge of search and advertising technologies, and subsequently became EVP in 2007. In 2009, he joined Microsoft as president of its Online Services Group, and shortly after was appointed global EVP in charge of its Office business.  

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